Monday, July 27, 2015

Tips for Healthy Eating

There are a TON of diets and gimmicks out there to help you lose weight. Some work and some don't. Trust me....I've done a few. Since being an Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide (a health & wellness company), I have participated in a handful of challenges to help me along my journey to better health . I get asked a lot how I've lost 30 pounds over the past year, so here ya go...

First and foremost, you have to be in tune with your body. Find something that works for YOU and stick with it. Not every program, regimen, or diet is made for everyone. While I strongly believe everyone could benefit from at least 2 of our products, Plexus has certainly worked for me. It has helped me gain will power over food and has helped me kick (most of) my unhealthy habits to the curb! 😜

So....onto the meat!
1. Cut the sugar out of your life! Sugar can literally be found in just about anything. Condiments, salad dressings, bread, yogurts, and juice. Read your labels. Avoid foods with added sugar and artificial sweeteners....which are more harmful to you than natural sugar. If you must have sweetener (I'm from the south and sweet tea is a staple), try using Stevia. It's a natural, plant based sweetener versus being chemically altered.
2. Ease up on the starches. I admit this has been a struggle for me and  substituting as proven to be less complicated. I have found long grain or wild brown rice, sweet potatoes, and spinach pasta to be tastier and healthier options....but of course...everything in moderation.
3. Now your good fats from your bad fats. It literally would take me all day to explain them all (and since I don't want to bore you), so here is an article to explain this.
4. Educate yourself on the importance of gut health & leveling out your blood glucose. Once these are in check, weight loss becomes a lot easier.
5. Go organic! It's no secret that healthier is more expensive, but much healthier for your body. Period. If a budget is an issue...finding good sales and coupon clipping can be a life saver!

In the end, you want to slowly change your eating habits and incorporate new ones. Don't trying doing this over night because chances are it won't stick. Also, finding an accountability partner is great! Keep one another in check and share your success and struggles alike.

While I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or a health instructor of any kind....these have worked for me. I will say the essential to all of these is learning about gut health & leveling blood glucose levels. If you happen to struggle with tummy issues, a sweet tooth, or sensitivities, there are products I can recommend to help you along the way.

And by all means...I know you're only human...it's ok to cheat every now and then. Don't stress over it or fell guilty. Enjoy it and move on!

Friday, July 24, 2015

My Own Private Hell

The past year has been a challenging one...I've had to adjust (and you never truly do) to my daughter being away from home, dealing with and correcting health issues, and just fighting some personal demons. Some days are harder than others....and some are easy! My good days are the easy ones and I live for those moments....playing with my kids, movie night, and being with good friends.

Lately I've been living in my own personal hell...dealing with issues I wouldn't wish on my greatest enemy (not that I have one)! It's taken time away from my family and my business.....but today...it hit me! Nothing is going to get me down! Really...everything is a mindset. It's like a game. One I don't like playing, but if I let things or people get go me, I lose. If I brush them off, I win! Sometimes, that's easier said that done (and some days I'd just like to give the world the middle finger), but in the end it's necessary. Who wants to carry around unwanted baggage and burdens? No one wants that and it certainly can make life harder than it needs to be.

As Elsa sings... "let it go"! Find a good book to unwind to, get in the kitchen and cook, yank out those pesky weeds in your yard (and in your life)...go out and enjoy life. We only get one. 💜

Monday, July 20, 2015

This Isn't Recess Anymore

Most of the time when we hear the word "bully", we associate it with kids on the playground, the mean kid who steals your milk money, or the group of girls who continuously pick on someone about their clothes, hair, or teeth. Too often; however, we forget that adults can be bullies, too.

By pure definition, a bully is someone who uses superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.  This could literally be anyone....your boss, a spouse, a classmate, a neighbor, or even a mentor. There are no rules as to who fits the definition of a bully.

The question is how to deal with someone who makes you uncomfortable, someone who uses power to get what they want, and someone who pushes the limits of right and wrong. First off, set your moral compass. Anything that seems unethical or dishonest, usually is. Know your boundaries and don't compromise them in any way. This plays into my second point....never back down. Standing your ground let's your "bully" know you are a force to be reckoned with and you aren't to be pushed around. Most bullies won't expect you to defend yourself and it naturally weakens their defense. Third, seek guidance or help. Talk to someone you trust. Tell a friend, your parents, a co-worker, a union representative (if bullying occurs in the workplace), a member of your church (preacher, pastor, or minister of any kind), or find someone who can represent you legally. Your options for help are limitless. Don't ever feel that help isn't out there, because it is.

My last bit of advice is to pray for those trying to hurt you and to pray for strength. Eventually the dust will settle, but by all means....if the storm worsens, seek help. You are more valuable than you think and there is sunshine behind the clouds.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Love, Equality, and Peace

I usually try to stay away from posting about political issues, because honestly, that's not what I want my blog to be about. However, on today of all days, I'd like to voice my opinion.

Everyone is going to have an opinion on matters of our nation and our world. No one has to agree, but I think all opinions matter. All voices should be heard. You don't have to like what you hear or even agree with it, but I think we should respect the feelings and ideas of others. Having said that.....

It is sad that we can not live in a world where there is no hate. It shouldn't matter what race, gender, or religion you are. Everyone should be treated equally...everyone should be given the same opportunity as others. It is not my place to judge others, rather it is my duty to love all mankind and to accept them as they are. I won't lie and say I am perfect. No one is. There are moments I fail to accept things I can not understand or love all those around me. There are moments I am called to forgive, yet hold onto things I should let go.

When will we, as human beings, come together to stop hate, violence, racism.....? When we will finally learn to love, to accept, and to forgive?

When I was a child, it seemed so simple. I had friends of different ethnicity, religion, and so on. I accepted them for who they were, what they looked like, and what they believed in. Why can we all not see the world as a child does....?

Equal.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Here is one of my favourite "go to" meals or side dishes! Salad!
With so many varieties, you sure to please any crowd. Featured is our broccoli salad. I found this recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it to my taste. Here is our ingredient list!
•2-3 heads fresh broccoli
•1/2 red onion
•1/2 pound bacon or 1/2 cup of bacon pieces
•1 cup Craisins
•1 cup cashew mix (we used one that contained sesame sticks)
• 1 cup lite Miracle Whip
•1/4 cup Stevia/Slenda
•2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Directions::
1.Place bacon in a deep skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Cool and crumble. You can substitute for packaged bacon pieces if you wish.
2.Cut the broccoli into bite size pieces and cut the onion into thin bite size slices. Combine with the bacon, Craisins, cashew mix and combine ingredients well.
3.For the dressing, mix the Miracle Whip, Stevia/Slenda, and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad, let chill and serve.

Changing my health

It's a new year! With that, we all know that this is the time when resolutions are made. Most of us make a list (with good intentions), but by March let our resolutions fall by the waist side. Well...not me! Not this year!

Now....if you follow us on Twitter, you might have heard me mention Plexus. Wait....wait....wait! Before you run off to find something else to read....I want to share how it has improved my health & motivated me to make healthier choices....which is the whole point of my post. 
A year ago, I was introduced to Plexus. I simply need a nudge to help me lose weight and get in better shape. So...I bought in. Prior to Plexus, I crashed mid-day at work and leaned on soda and candy bars to jolt me back into reality. I didn't sleep. I had horrible migraines. And frankly...I was down right moody. A co-worker and I vowed to eat healthier, so began eating Subway. While Subway may not be the healthiest, it certainly beat out the local Wendy's down the road. I found myself eating salads, cutting back my soda....and with the help of Plexus, I didn't need a candy bar for my afternoon wake up call. I also began drinking more water and even began to crave it! What?! Yes...you read that right! It didn't take long before my migraines disappeared, I slept better at night, and had enough energy to run circles around my 2 1/2 year old son. Had you told me this all was possible....I might have brushed you off. Now? I'm totally hooked! So much that I became an Ambassador within a month of signing up.
I have since quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom. I spend my days sharing my story with others so that they, too, will give Plexus a try. I love helping people...and so given the opportunity, I will share it with anyone! But even if you aren't on Plexus, or have never heard of it, you can still make a change in your health. Sometimes we all need a little push or even just someone we can relate with to get us motivated in the right direction. So...here are just a few ideas to help you get started::
1. Drink more water! You should be drinking 1/2 of your body weight in ounces to flush out toxins and waste from your body. Now this may sound ludicrous, but I promise it's easier than it sounds. Your body has a magical way of adjusting to just about anything....and this is one of them.
2. Add raw, green veggies to your diet. Be creative! Add kale to an omelet, eat raw broccoli or green peppers as a snack....or drink a smoothie. However you get them in...just do it!
3. Eat a salad. Try eating a salad before your pizza, burger, or steak. By filling up on a more healthy option, you will eat less of your meal of choice.
4. Work out at least 30 minutes a day! Get out for a walk, join, the gym, or pop in your favorite Zumba video to get your body moving. I promise...you will feel better. I asked for Garmin VivoFit this past Christmas to help me keep track of my movement. If I haven't been active an ugly red bar reminds me it's time to move. So, if you need reminding...seek out a device or a buddy to hold you accountable.

I have incorporated all of these into my life. Not only do I see a difference in myself, but I feel a difference. I have Plexus to thank for this. Had I not joined, I wouldn't have made these changes on my own. I'd like to think otherwise, but truthfully....I needed a little help. I still take my Plexus daily. Without it, I'd be right back to mid-day naps and my soda addiction.

Get moving! Get healthy! It's a new year....which means a new you!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year...new postings!

If you're a follower of your blog and noticed that we haven't made a post since August....and we apologize. We certainly had good intentions, but have done a much better job at posting to Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to "Like" and follow us on these sights as well to keep up with us.

Since our last post, we are still making minor adjustments without our daughter, but everyone seems to be coping much better. I am no longer working and have devoted my time to my children, husband, family & friends, and our house. There are times I still wait for her to come running throuhg the door after school, but I love catching up with her via text, phone calls, and post. She requested to have an Instagram account and I love looking at her quirky picture & videos of her, her friends, cheer activities, and more. Even though she's roughly 781 miles away.....it's like having small pieces of her with us. We were blessed to have her home for Thanksgiving and again (briefly) for Christmas. A lot of her time was spent catching up with her hometown friends and family. She even spent some time in the gym practicing with her former gymnastics team. Needless to say, we were sad to see her go.....but we certainly look forward to our next visit during the Spring.

In other news, we are working on vamping up the blog. To spice things up for our readers, we plan to post on our favorite recipes, DIY projects, organizational  & cleaning tips.....and the list goes on. Our hope is that our readers will become more interactive with not only our blog, but also with post made to Facebook and Twitter as well. We want your input.